HTC Incredible S Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can beused with T-Mobile USA (2G and 3G) and AT&T (without 3G).


Aiding in bringing Android to the mainstream, Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible surely did its fair share of work in spreading the good word about the richness of Android – especially when it’s tastefully complemented with its favorable high end specs. And even though it was semi-regarded as being a variant of the also impressive Google Nexus One, it was able to build its own legacy on Big Red’s lineup, which even to this day, proves to be a contender in a crowded space. Now roughly a year later, HTC unveiled a supped up Android smartphone that retains the Incredible branding, while finding some moderate upgraded hardware. This time HTC is taking the Incredible line to Europe as well, since what we have here is the European edition of the new model, dubbed Incredible S, while Verizon's version is yet to be officially introduced, supposedly under the name of Droid Incredible 2. Still, both devices seem to be identical from what we've seen thus far, so we presume what we're looking at here is an accurate prelude to the Droid Incredible 2. The HTC Incredible S is looking to be yet another respectable high-end device from HTC’s camp, but will it shine radiantly amongst the new breed of next-generation Android devices out there?

The package contains:

  • HTC Incredible S
  • 8GB microSD card
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide


Fully embodying the same identical minimalistic industrial design that’s found with the HTC Droid Incredible, the Incredible S is distinctive due to its contoured and unmistakable rear patterned design. Since its capacitive touch buttons aren’t printed on, we’re presented with a completely clean looking surface. Constructed out of black plastic, its soft touch feel all around enables it to better repel nasty baddies such as dirt and debris – while providing that adequate firm grip as we hold it. And obviously, it’s longer and wider since it utilizes a larger sized touchscreen, but its 0.46” thickness still enables it to tuck away in our pockets easily. Manageable in size, its overall design footprint is all too typical of what we see out of HTC’s camp, but it’s still nonetheless pleasant looking.

You can compare the HTC Incredible S with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Moving up the ladders with a 4” Super LCD capacitive display, its WVGA (480 x 800) resolution is still satisfactory even though we’re seeing more and more handsets employing higher resolutions. Color production might not be as saturated looking when compared to Super AMOLED displays, but thankfully, its Super LCD display produces some rich looking colors that retain their luster since it offers some great viewing angles. Even more, we had zero problems in trying to view it in outdoor conditions with the glaring sun present.

At first, some might be surprised to find a clean looking front surface, but turning on its display, its capacitive touch buttons come to life. Interestingly enough, they don’t appear to be painted on, but rather, they seem to be nothing more than LEDs underneath there. However, they actually rotate when you place the device in landscape – but it only works when you rotate it to the left; not right.

Thanks to the front-facing 1.3-megapixel above its display, we’re given the opportunity of video calling and shooting self-portraits more easily.

The narrow looking volume rocker is positioned on the left edge of the phone, but despite its flushed appearance, it actually exhibits a reasonable tactile response. Also, the microUSB port is located on the same side as well for charging and data connection. Meanwhile, the top edge plays host to both the 3.5mm headset jack and dedicated power button – the latter of which is recessed, but still provides a moderate tactile feel when pressed down.

On the back side, which utilizes the same exact interestingly shaped design of the HTC Droid Incredible, we find the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash and speaker grill located towards the top edge of the handset.

Placed squarely in the middle of the bottom edge, there is a small notch that allows you to easily yank off the rear cover – thus giving you access to its SIM card slot, 1450 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

HTC Incredible S 360-degree View:



1. fanatic110 unregistered thanks a lot for this review. I was really confused if i should buy this phone or not but u guys just made it crystal clear. This phone launched in India just a few days back & i am gonna buy it. Thnx once again :)

2. Heene unregistered

"Not quite a modern “high-end” smartphone" = not really an argument This is absolutely not objective and only the opinion of the writer ;)

3. hm unregistered

Just because "high-end" may not be as clearly defined doesn't mean that its categorization is necessarily subjective. It all depends on where you decide to draw the line and where you think most people (e.g. your readers) will reasonably draw the line. With handsets out having 4G connectivity, dual core processors, and higher resolution displays, and this handset having none of them, you cannot put this handset in the upper echelon of devices in terms of specifications. It may be a great device, but "high end" doesn't really apply here unless you mean "high end half a year ago."

7. Heene unregistered

Despite the fact that most of the so called "high-end" phones are not available yet, I would say this phone is up to date and what is most important - available in stores.

9. Ricardo unregistered

The iPhone has neither 4G nor dual core processor, only the display makes it high end? Or is it not in the upper echelon? Don't get me wrong I liked your review but just pointing out that things aren't that crystal clear. PS: Yours is the only review that the camera didnt perform well, any chance it was not a final product?

13. andrew hahn unregistered

samsung facinate is better

5. darko unregistered

WTF, Phonearena?? You did a HTC Thunderbold a few days before this and it got 9 of of 10 grade..while not even being a gsm device! And there you praised it's "fast processor" despite being a same single core unit as this one - snapdragon with scorpion and adreno 205. This is while being a gsm device, BASICALLY THE SAME phone as Thunderbolt - and it got 7.5/10 !! I's also regarded as "super fast"..yet this is somehow a disadvantage to you guys this time! (just because it doesn't have a dual core structure written in the specs i suppose) Bottom line - you are not earning any credibility with this kind of reviewing..which is a shame because i like this site.

6. hm unregistered

And the (huge) elephant in the corner you are conveniently ignoring is that the Thunderbolt has 4G ... You are not earning any credibility with this kind of commenting...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Thunderbolt is the first 4G LTE Verizon phone, it is the first phone to ship with a 32GB microSD card and it has 8GB of internal storage=40GBs of space. Thunderbolt has a 4.3 inch display where this only has 4. If it had a slide out keyboard, it probably would have been justified but size does matter when it comes to touch only. Thunderbolt's construction and looks are better than the incredible s. The list pretty much goes on and on.

10. jmp5150

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2009

Could someone tell me what is the difference between the Incredible S and Desire HD other than display?

11. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

not much really in fact the myTouch 4G also has the same basic specs as the Incredible S and Desire HD. They all offer the same performance.

14. nyrB unregistered

battery life is apparantly significantly better with the incredible s

12. andrew hahn unregistered

i think i'm gona get the samsung facinate over this phone

15. vvvvvvvvv unregistered

ownin this beauty from past 8 days, and man o man , what a feel it has.....Awesome performance , really fast processin speed, and display is quite brilliant compared to samsung galaxy s .... incredible is incredible ..... who cares abt dual core , performance is what to matter with.

16. boomz unregistered

Wew! In my opinion, choosing a phone wud be based on what its use for u. . If ur fun of intrnet surfing, watchng videos,taking videos n pics using ur fon or even playing games. .Choose a fon with high resolution, memory and processor. .It really matters.but if ur going to use a fon jst for a simple call or txt why spend so much. . Hrs another sample. .If u jst need a fon to call and txt but want others to see u like somebody. .Well its another story men u need to buy a phone not with its spects. . Its the price that matters. . I mean choose a fon that wud fit ur needs. . . . . .thrs a lot of fons out thr. . .

17. vsbhansali unregistered

What,s about better life of Incredible S. Pl. guide me I am planning to buy

18. tareenz unregistered

wht about battery life is this phone battery back up same as desire s

19. chaud unregistered

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc or HTC Incredible S?

20. jackofspades

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

i think this cell phone is away underrated in deserves a big a 8.5!
Incredible S
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB
  • Battery 1450 mAh(6.33h 3G talk time)

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